I’ve had a few distinct situations in my life recently that vividly showed me that we aren’t alone. I wish I’d been more vocal in expressing my frustration and my feelings because I would have saved myself quite a bit of trouble.
Want to be more organized tomorrow? You can make it happen today. Right now. Spend a little bit of time tonight – maybe 30 minutes – and you can have a simpler, less stressful day tomorrow. Here’s what I do each night to keep my days organized:
We stopped shopping sales. We’re buying more local, organic, fresh food than ever before. We’re trying new things (well, the kids aren’t fully on board with that one yet). We’re spending more money on food – and I think we’ll be OK with it.
We’ve been testing the 100 days of Real Food challenge for almost a month – ours is a medium-paced, gradual transition instead of an abrupt change. But we’ve made big changes that I think are for the better and I’m not sure we’re going back.
Here’s what I’ve realized about myself lately. I’m sitting in my comfort zone and I’m pretty comfy there. Nice and comfortable. And in the zone.
It’s not working. I need to make quite a few things better – but I’m a little bit terrified. Terrified of getting started. Terrified of the time and work it’s going to take. Terrified of devoting time to something that may fail in an explosion of fiery demise. But I’m also terrified of everything staying exactly the same.
I’ve realized it’s time to make some needed changes – big and small – in my life. Here’s how I’m going to get started (my skin is crawling thinking about all of these changes – who have I become?!).
I read an article recently that talked about Micro-Resolutions and how instead of hoping for good intentions to work out, you could use these micro-goals to shrink down and reach big goals one at a time. I love this. I’m often setting enormous goals and excitedly thinking of how to break them down into smaller pieces – but I love the idea of starting with the smaller goal from the very beginning.
I had to make many changes this year for my goals. After a year of aggressive goals that failed, I needed to re-focus and make goals that would actually work and micro-goals have served me well. Here’s what I learned:
Today is almost over, but it doesn’t have to be in vain. Did you just survive today or are you making purposeful decisions to thrive today?
Take regular breaks from the daily grind to pursue what excites you most
This can be anything, but let it be something that allows your mind to wander and your imagination to grow. Yes, there are days that I need to binge-watch my favorite TV show, but I’m not sure that can count as what excites me most (except after 1/2 marathon days – then not moving the rest of the day does excite me most). Even if you only have 15 minutes to spend, use it on something you enjoy and you’ll look forward to. Today, I went on a run, I worked on designs and I spent time writing. I had to make purposeful decisions – and sometimes sacrifices – to make this time with my favorite activities happen. But it’s worth it. You are worth it.
A friend of mine recently posted on social media that she wanted to get ready for summer and was going to do a 90 day challenge. I thought it was a great idea, but I wanted to be realistic about what I could do. I usually run 5 days a week about 4 miles per day (which helped me lose 30 lbs!), but I need the rest days to get back in the swing of things. So I changed the challenge a bit to a walking challenge – I knew I could get this done.
The goal for this challenge – no matter your level – is to get moving every day. I try to walk 5 miles per day through my normal routine. My walking challenge miles are on top of my daily routine miles. Your goal may just be to get up and get moving, but aim for 10,000 steps per day. I’d also recommend purchasing a pedometer to track your steps. A $5 one from a big box store works fine, but if you want something fancier, I use a fitbit.